No Time for Sergeants

No Time for Sergeants

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Director: Mervyn LeRoy

Cast: Andy Griffith, Nick Adams, Myron McCormick

     
 

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Mac Hyman's hilarious barracks novel No Time for Sergeants was adapted for TV by Ira Levin in 1955, with newcomer Andy Griffith as bumptious Air Force draftee Will Stockdale. This TV version was soon afterward transformed into a Broadway play, and then a movie, again with Griffith in the lead. Brought to the Air Force base in handcuffs because his farmer fatherSee more details below

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Mac Hyman's hilarious barracks novel No Time for Sergeants was adapted for TV by Ira Levin in 1955, with newcomer Andy Griffith as bumptious Air Force draftee Will Stockdale. This TV version was soon afterward transformed into a Broadway play, and then a movie, again with Griffith in the lead. Brought to the Air Force base in handcuffs because his farmer father has been hiding his draft notices, good-natured Will becomes the target of ridicule for the other transcripts. Especially nasty is Private Irvin (Murray Hamilton), but Will is able to forgive him because he knows that Irvin is suffering from some mysterious disease called ROTC. Will's best pal is hot-headed private Ben (Nick Adams), who wants to be transferred to the Infantry and convinces Will to try for the same goal. Slowly becoming aware that the trusting, naïve Will may prove to be a troublemaker, career sergeant King (Myron McCormick), who wants nothing more out of life than a little peace and quiet, tries to keep Stockdale out of mischief by appointing him "PLO" -- Permanent Latrine Orderly, a dubious distinction in which Will takes enormous pride. Later on, King tries to pull strings to get Will transferred, succeeding only in losing his sergeant's stripes. The story goes off on a zany tangent when Will and Ben find themselves on a crippled plane in flight. They manage to escape with their lives, but all evidence suggests that they've been killed in the plane's crash. Imagine the dismay of newly reinstated Sergeant King when Will and Ben show up in his office -- just as the entire base is gathered for a memorial service for the two "fallen heroes." Featured in a minor role as a "coordination officer" is Griffth's future TV cohort Don Knotts, while Sammy Jackson, who played Stockdale in a 1964 sitcom version of No Time for Sergeants, shows up in an unbilled bit.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While modern audiences may miss some of the references in No Time for Sergeants, that shouldn't get in the way of them enjoying this laugh riot of a film. Indeed, many who approach Sergeants skeptically will find themselves totally disarmed by its simple charms. After all, who hasn't seen more service comedies than he's care to count -- many of which use many of the same situations and variations on the same characters as can be found in Sergeants? But there's an air of freshness about the film, even many decades after its creation, so that even when county bumpkin Andy Griffith falls into a familiar fish-out-of-water situation, viewers will still find themselves amused. More than amused -- engaged. For that is Sergeant's secret weapon: it has a heart. Not a gooey, sappy one -- a pulsing, glad-to-be-alive, isn't life wonderful heart that comes across as real and sincere, rather than manufactured (even if its plotting COULD be called manufactured). Credit Mervyn LeRoy's deft direction and John Lee Mahin's laugh-a-minute screenplay, but reserve the lion's share of credit to Griffith's disarming, lovable portrayal. It is a role he was born to play and he shines throughout. The rest of the cast, including Nick Adams and Myron McCormick, are excellent -- but Griffith is superb.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2010
UPC:
0883929109951
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
12,963

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andy Griffith Will Stockdale (Narrator)
Nick Adams Ben Whitledge
Myron McCormick Sgt. King
Murray Hamilton Irvin Blanchard
Howard I. Smith Gen. Bush
Will Hutchins Lt. Bridges
Sydney Smith Gen. Pollard
Don Knotts Corporal Brown
Jean Willes W.A.F. Captain
Bartlett Robinson Captain
Henry McCann Lieutenant Cover
Dub Taylor Draft Board Man, McKinney
William Fawcett Pa Stockdale
Raymond Bailey Colonel
Ed Begley Actor
John Close MP
Sammy Jackson Actor
Robert Sherman Oculist
Dick Wessel Infantryman
Bob Stratton Lt. Kendall
James Millhollin Psychiatrist, Maj. Demming
Malcolm Atterbury Man with Applications
Ben Baker Abel
Dan Barton Tiger
Fred Coby Sentry
Francis de Sales Supervising Sergeant
Jamie Farr Lt. Gardella
Rad Fulton Inductee
Peggy Hallack Rosabelle
Thomas Brown Henry Senator
Charles Lane Dave (draft board driver)
Tom McKee Charles the Aide
Jack Mower Sheriff
George Neise Baker
Mary Scott Cigarette Girl
Verne Smith Announcer
Margaret Mason Actor

Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director,Producer
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Malcolm Brown Art Director
Ray Heindorf Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Louis Lichtenfield Special Effects
John Lee Mahin Screenwriter
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
William H. Ziegler Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- No Time for Sergeants
1. Credits [1:06]
2. Draft Board Man [7:17]
3. Irvin Takes Charge [3:42]
4. Whitledge Benjamin B [4:54]
5. Sgt King [2:38]
6. No Waves [3:02]
7. Provoking the Plowby [4:30]
8. Unhappy Airman [4:25]
9. Latrine Officer [4:45]
10. PLO Classification [2:56]
11. Captain's Visit [5:07]
12. Manually Dexterous [4:24]
13. Female Officer [3:15]
14. From Resistance to Transference [6:04]
15. Girls In General [1:55]
16. Eyes Put to the Test [1:00]
17. The Purple Grotto [4:41]
18. Toasting the Infantry [5:12]
19. Saluting the Colonel [4:00]
20. Time For No Sergeant [2:49]
21. Second Line of Defense [6:17]
22. Lost In the Blue Yonder [2:33]
23. Hello to Yucca Flats [4:04]
24. Goodbye to the Plane [4:48]
25. Two Tardy Heroes [1:57]
26. We Ain't Dead [5:22]
27. Password: Nightmare [5:15]
28. Buddies Again [3:13]
29. A Medal For Ben [2:28]

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